The Mikhail Prokhorov Fund in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council presented Edinburgh World Writers' Conference in Krasnoyarsk (November 1-3, 2012)

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Edinburgh World Writers' Conference: Krasnoyarsk

VI Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair, November 1-3 2012

This year the renowned Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

The first conference in 1962 gathered the leading writers of the time, such as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, William Burroughs, Lawrence Durrell and Stephen Spender. The conference in 1962 became historical: each day it featured open and frank discussions about such controversial topics as love, sex and homosexuality. The Conference has also been cited as the starting point for many other large gatherings and conferences, and even the existence of the major book festivals we have today.

This year, as well as 50 years ago, the British Council helped the Edinburgh International Book Festival to collect a whole constellation of famous writers fr om around the world in the Scottish capital. Having opened on August 17-21 in Edinburgh, the world's first UNESCO City of Literature, the conference will move on to 15 different countries, including Canada, Germany, Russia, South Africa, Egypt, India, Turkey, China, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago and Australia. Thus, it will give writers and readers from all over the world an opportunity to add their voice to the growing debate about writing and its relationship to contemporary life.

The Russian leg of the Edinburgh World Writers Conference takes it to Siberia, wh ere UK and Russian authors will tackle three of the conference themes over three days at the Krasnoyarsk Book Culture Fair on November 1-3 2012. To kick things off Melvin Burgess will discuss with fellow author Andrei Astvatsaturov UK and Russian perspectives on the universal question ‘Should Literature be Political? Day 2 will explore The Future of the Novel with keynotes from UK writer Tibor Fischer and the Russian author and critic Konstantin Milchin. On the third and final day Theresa Breslin will bring the Scottish view to the question of A National Literature? drawing comparison and contrast with a country the size of Russsia, represented by Kirill Kobrin.

All sessions will be moderated by Russian writers and critics: Irina Prokhorova, Ilya Boyashev, and Linor Goralik.

Keynote speeches will lead into a panel discussion with the moderator and other EWWC participating authors, and a Q&A with the professional and public audience at the Fair.

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